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Hamlet By: FluoTresProductions

SCENE I (Open Curtain 1) Narrator: I Welcome all of thee. I shall tell thee a story. A story of a Prince, whose name is Hamlet and how he descended into madness by plotting vengeance against the killer of his father (A Clock strikes three) It all begins when one night.. (Close Curtain 1, Open Curtain 2. Hamlet is standing in the middle of stage two. After a few seconds, Horatio runs toward Hamlet) Enter HORATIO and HAMLET HORATIO Hail to your lordship! HAMLET I am glad to see you well, and pray tell what is your affair in Elsinore? HORATIO My lord, I came to see your father's funeral. HAMLET I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow-student; I think it was to see my mother's wedding. HORATIO Indeed, my lord, it follow'd hard upon. HORATIO My lord, I methink saw him yester night. HAMLET Saw? who? HORATIO My lord, the king your father.

HAMLET The king my father! HORATIO I had encounter'd. A figure like your father, Armed at point exactly, cap-a-pe, These hands are not more like. HAMLET But where was this? And Did you not speak to it? HORATIO My lord, I did; But as the morning cock crew loud, it haste away, And vanish'd from our sight. HAMLET 'Tis very strange. HORATIO And we did think it writ down in our duty To let you know of it. It was at the platform sire, at the middle of the night HAMLET If it assume my noble father's person, I'll speak to it, Come let us see this ghost as you call (Exit) (Open Curtain 1, Close Curtain 2) HAMLET What hour now? HORATIO I think it lacks of twelve. HAMLET No, it is struck. HORATIO Look, my lord, it comes! Enter Ghost HAMLET Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn'd, Be thy intents wicked or charitable, That I will speak to thee: I'll call thee Hamlet, King, father, royal Dane: O, answer me! Ghost beckons HAMLET

HORATIO It beckons you to go away with it, As if it some impartment did desire To you alone but do not go with it. HAMLET It will not speak; then I will follow it. HORATIO Do not, my lord. HAMLET Why, what should be the fear? It waves me forth again: I'll follow it. HORATIO Be ruled; you shall not go. HAMLET My fate cries out, Still am I call'd. Unhand me, gentlemen. By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me! I say, away! Go on; I'll follow thee. (Hamlet and the Ghost shall pass between a curtain to get to stage 2 .Curtains of stage one will close) HAMLET Where wilt thou lead me? speak; I'll go no further.

A serpent stung me; so the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death. The serpent that did sting thy father's life Now wears his crown. HAMLET O my prophetic soul! My uncle! Ghost Ay, that adulterate beast, thy uncle with juice of cursed hebenon in a vial, did pour the leperous distilment in the porches of my ears. Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand of life, of crown, of queen, at once dispatch'd: If thou hast in nature in thee, bear it not. Adieu, adieu! Hamlet, remember me. Exit HORATIO [Within] My lord, my lord,-Horatio enters HORATIO What news, my lord? HAMLET There's ne'er a villain dwelling in all Denmark But he's an errant knave. HORATIO There needs no ghost, my lord, come from the grave To tell us this. HAMLET It is an honest ghost that let me tell you: For your desire to know what is between us, Give me one poor request. HORATIO What is't, my lord? we will. HAMLET Never make known what you have seen to-night. HORATIO My lord, I will not. HAMLET Nay, but swear't upon my sword. Ghost [Beneath] Swear.

Ghost Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, lend thy serious hearing to what I shall unfold. HAMLET Speak; I am bound to hear. Ghost So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear. I am thy father's spirit, But I could a tale unfold whose lightest word HAMLET O God! Ghost Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. HAMLET Murder? Ghost Now, Hamlet, hear: 'Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard,

HORATIO Propose the oath, my lord. HAMLET Never to speak of this that you have seen, Swear by my sword. Ghost [Beneath] Swear. HAMLET Come hither, And lay your hand again upon my sword: Never to speak of this that you have heard, Ghost [Beneath] Swear. HAMLET Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! They swear O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! Remember thee? Aye, thou poor ghost! With wings as swift as thought Ill sweep to my revenge Exeunt SCENE II (Open curtain 1 and close curtain 2) (Polonius is sitting on a chair, and after a few seconds, Ophelia will run towards her father while sobbing.)

OPHELIA No, my good lord, but, as you did command, I did repel his fetters and denied His access to me. LORD POLONIUS (Polonius stands up and walks around the room) That hath made him mad. I am sorry that with better heed and judgment me and thy brother has wronged him in the worst ways. Ophelia, Twas wrong for mw to severe your communication. I was only worried for a prince does not have the privilege to marry who he wants Come, go we to the king: This must be known; which, being kept close, might move More grief to hide than hate to utter love. Exeunt (Open Curtain 2 and close curtain 1) (Throne Room; King Claudius and Queen Gertrude are sitting on their respective thrones. Rosencratz and Guildenstern are facing the king and the queen. ) KING CLAUDIUS Welcome, dear Rosencrantz and Guildenstern! Moreover that we much did long to see you, QUEEN GERTRUDE Good gentlemen, he hath much talk'd of you; and sure I am two men there are not living to whom he more adheres. ROSENCRANTZ Both your majesties Might, by the sovereign power you have of us, GUILDENSTERN But we both obey, KING CLAUDIUS Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern. QUEEN GERTRUDE Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz: And I beseech you instantly to visit my too much changed son.

LORD POLONIUS How now, Ophelia! Whats the matter? OPHELIA My lord, as I was sewing in my closet, Lord Hamlet comes before me, with his doublet all unbraced; Pale as his shirt; his knees; And with a look so piteous in purport. As if he had been loosed out of hell. He took me by the wrist and held me hard; He raised a sigh so piteous and profound and end his being: that done, he lets me go:

LORD POLONIUS (Puts hand below his chin as if in thought) I am sorry. Have you given him any hard words of late?

GUILDENSTERN Heavens make our presence and our practises Pleasant and helpful to him! QUEEN GERTRUDE Ay, amen! (Exit Rosencratz, Guildenstern and enter Polonius with letters on his hands) Exeunt SCENE III LORD POLONIUS I have come in front of you your highness, for I have found the very cause of Hamlet's lunacy. KING CLAUDIUS O, speak of that; that do I long to hear. LORD POLONIUS I will be brief: your noble son is mad: Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, what is't but to be nothing else but mad? But let that go. QUEEN GERTRUDE More matter, with less art. LORD POLONIUS We find out the cause of this effect, Or rather say, the cause of this defect, (Reads the letter) 'To the celestial and my soul's idol, the most beautified Ophelia,'-QUEEN GERTRUDE Came this from Hamlet to her? LORD POLONIUS Good madam, stay awhile; I will be faithful. 'Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love. 'O dear Ophelia, I am ill at these numbers; but that I love thee best, O most best, believe it. Adieu. 'Thine evermore most dear lady, HAMLET.'

KING CLAUDIUS But how hath she received his love? LORD POLONIUS I did bespeak her: 'Lord Hamlet is a prince, out of thy star; This must not be:' and then I precepts gave her, And he, repulsed--a short tale to make-Fell into a deep pit of madness and melancholy which we all mourn for now. KING CLAUDIUS Do you think 'tis this? QUEEN GERTRUDE How may we try it further? LORD POLONIUS You know, sometimes he walks four hours together Here in the lobby. At such a time I'll lose my daughter to him: Be you and I behind an arras then; Mark the encounter: if he love her not and be not from his reason fall'n thereon, KING CLAUDIUS We will try it. QUEEN GERTRUDE But, look, where sadly the poor wretch comes reading. LORD POLONIUS Away, I do beseech you, both away: I'll board him presently. (Exit King and Queen and the attendants, enter Hamlet, reading) LORD POLONIUS Do you know me, my lord? HAMLET Excellent well; you are a fishmonger (Pauses, as if thinking) Have you a daughter? LORD POLONIUS I have, my lord. HAMLET Let her not walk i' the sun: conception is a blessing: but not as your daughter may conceive. LORD POLONIUS [Aside] Still harping on my daughter: yet he knew me not at first; he said I was a fishmonger: he is far gone, far gone: and

truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love; (Back to Hamlet). What do you read, my lord? HAMLET Words, words, words. LORD POLONIUS What is the matter, my lord? HAMLET Between who? (Looks around them) LORD POLONIUS I mean, the matter that you read, my lord. HAMLET: (No Comment) LORD POLONIUS ( Looks around; awkward silence) Fare you well, my lord. HAMLET These tedious old fools! (Exit Polonius and Enter Guildenstern and Rosencrantz) Exeunt SCENE IV GUILDENSTERN My honoured lord! ROSENCRANTZ My most dear lord! HAMLET My excellent good friends! Good lads, how do ye both? ROSENCRANTZ As the indifferent children of the earth. GUILDENSTERN Happy, in that we are not over-happy; on fortune's cap we are not the very button. HAMLET In the secret parts of fortune? O, most true; she is a strumpet. What's the news?

ROSENCRANTZ None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest. HAMLET Then is doomsday near: but your news is not true. Let me ask you, What does a man do if he deserved to be prisoned? GUILDENSTERN Prison, my lord! HAMLET Denmark's a prison. ROSENCRANTZ Then is the world one. HAMLET Denmark being one o' the worst. ROSENCRANTZ We think not so, my lord. HAMLET Why, then, 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison. (Looks around Frantically) I will tell you a secret. I have of late--but wherefore I know not--lost all my mirth, and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so. ROSENCRANTZ To think, my lord, if you delight not in man, what Lenten entertainment the players shall receive from you: we coted them on the way; and hither are they coming, to offer you service. HAMLET He that plays the king shall be welcome; his majesty shall have tribute of me (Hamlet laughs quietly) What players are they? ROSENCRANTZ Even those you were wont to take delight in, the tragedians of the city. HAMLET How comes it? do they grow rusty?

ROSENCRANTZ Nay, their Endeavour keeps in the wonted pace: but there is, sir, an aery of children, little eyases, HAMLET Will they pursue the quality no longer than they can sing? will they not say afterwards, if they should grow themselves to common players. GUILDENSTERN There are the players. (Enter First Player, Exit Guildenstern and Rosencratnz) Exeunt SCENE V HAMLET You are welcome, masters; welcome, all. I am glad to see thee well. Welcome, good friends. Dost thou hear me, old friend; can you play the Murder of Gonzago? First Player Ay, my lord. HAMLET We'll ha't to-morrow night. You could, study a speech of some dozen or sixteen lines, which I would set down and insert in't, could you not? First Player Ay, my lord. HAMLET Very well. Follow that lord; and look you mock him not. Exit First Player HAMLET That guilty creatures sitting at a play Have by the very cunning of the scene Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaim'd their malefactions; For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ. I'll have these players Play something like the murder of my father Before mine uncle: I'll observe his looks; I'll tent him to the quick: if he but blench,

I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, I'll have grounds More relative than this: the play 's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. (Exit, close curtain 2) SCENE VI (Scene; a room in a castle, open Curtain 1. Scene: King Claudius and Queen Gertrude are sitting at royal chairs, Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are standing surrounding the king and queen.) KING CLAUDIUS And can you, by no drift of circumstance, Get from him why he puts on this confusion, ROSENCRANTZ He does confess he feels himself distracted; But he will by no means speak. GUILDENSTERN Nor do we find him forward to be sounded, QUEEN GERTRUDE Did you assay him? To any pastime? ROSENCRANTZ Madam, it so fell out, those certain players We o'er-raught on the way: of these we told him; And there did seem in him a kind of joy To hear of it KING CLAUDIUS With all my heart; and it content me to hear him so inclined. ROSENCRANTZ We shall, my lord. Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN KING CLAUDIUS Sweet Gertrude, leave let us too; For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither, That he, as 'twere by accident, may here Affront Ophelia:

QUEEN GERTRUDE I shall obey you. And for your part, Ophelia, I do wish Will bring him to his wonted way again, OPHELIA Madam, I wish it may. LORD POLONIUS I hear him coming: let's withdraw, my lord. (Queen, Gertrude, Lord Polonius and King Claudius will exit towards the other curtain. After a few second Hamlet will enter from the door.) Exeunt SCENE VII HAMLET To be, or not to be that is the question whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them. To die to sleep tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. Soft now, the fair Ophelia. Nymph, in thy orisons be all my sins rememberd. OPHELIA My lord, I have remembrances of yours, That I have longed long to re-deliver; I pray you, now receive them. (Ophelia will hand over Hamlet his letters) HAMLET (Hamlet will take the letters and skim through them) No, not I; I never gave you aught., but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once. OPHELIA Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so. HAMLET You should not have believed me; I loved you not. OPHELIA (Becomes surprised ) I was the more deceived. HAMLET (Gripping her shoulders) God has given you one face and you make yourselves another. Ill no more ont; it hath made me mad.

(Looking towards the listeners and shouting) We will have no more marriages: those that are married already, all but one, shall live! To a nunnery, go! (He pushes her to the ground, where she lies sobbing.; Exit Hamlet; Re-enter Claudius and Polonius from curtain. Polonius will come over to Ophelia and comfort her. Claudius will walk around the room, angrily. ) KING CLAUDIUS Love! His affections o not that way tend, and what he spoke was not like his madness. Theres something in his soul of which the disclose will be some danger. LORD POLONIUS It may be so, yet I believe his grief sprung from neglected love. (He helps Ophelia to her feet) How now Ophelia: we heard it all. (Ophelia runs out, sobbing) LORD POLONIUS My lord, after the play, let his mother alone entreat Hamlet to show his grief Ill place myself to hear their conference. If she finds him not, confine him where your wisdom best shall think. KING CLAUDIUS It shall be so. Madness in great ones shall not unwatched go. (Exit Close Curtain 1 and open curtain two. ) (Open Curtain two and behind curtain 2 are Hamlet, Horatio,) SCENE VIII HAMLET: There is a play tonight before the king; One scene of it comes near my fathers death. Observe my uncle; see if his occulted guilt does not itself reveal. HORATIO: I will, my lord. HAMLET: Theyre coming to the play; get you a place. (Horatio leaves and stand at a corner. Enter King, Queen, Polonius, Ophelia ) GERTRUDE: Come hither, my dear Hamlet, sit by me.

HAMLET: No good mother; heres metal more attractive. (He will sit at Ophelias feet) POLONIUS: (To the king) O, ho! Do you mark that? (Sad music. The lights dim except for the acting area) Player King: Faith, I must leave thee, love, and shortly too, and thou shalt live in this fair world behind. Another husband shalt thou Player Queen : Confound the rest! In second husband let me be accurst! None wed the second but who killed the first! PLAYER KING: So think thou wilt no second husband wed; But die thy thoughts when thy first lord is dead. But, sweet, pray leave me here awhile and sleep will soon the tedious day beguile. (Lying down) HAMLET Madam, how like you this play? QUEEN GERTRUDE The lady protests too much, methinks. HAMLET O, but she'll keep her word. KING CLAUDIUS Have you heard the argument? Is there no offence in 't? HAMLET No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest; no offence i' the world. KING CLAUDIUS What do you call the play? HAMLET This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna: Gonzago is the duke's name; his wife, Baptista; PLAYER QUEEN: And never come mischance between us twain. (As PLAYER QUEEN moves to the exit, First Player enters as Lucianus. They stop and look silently into the others face. She exits, still exchanging looks with him.) HAMLET (Pointing to the First Player) And that is Lucianus; the brother of the duke.

FIRST PLAYER: (Looking furtively around) Thoughts black, hands apt and time agreeing. (He removes the crown, kisses it and produces a vial) Thou mixture rank, of midnight weeds collected, usurp this wholesome life immediately (He pours the poison into the ear of the PLAYER KING) PLAYER KING (Wakes up and puts hand on ears. Will look towards the one who murdered him) My Brother, what have youve done. Oh! It burns! Brother what have youve done. Have mercy on me. FIRST PLAYER: I shant have mercy. I regret not what Ive done. OPHELIA: (Alarmed) The king rises. GERTRUDE: How fares my lord? POLONIUS: (Rising) Give oer the play! CLAUDIUS: (Shouting) Give me some light away! POLONIUS: Light, lights! (Exit all in noise and confusion, leaving only Hamlet and Horatio. The lights return to normal) HAMLET: (Triumphant) Ill take the ghosts word for a thousand pound! Didst perceive him, at the poisoning? HORATIO: Very well, my lord. (Polonius hurries in) POLONIUS: The king, sir, is, in his retirement, marvelous distemperd. HAMLET: With drink, sir? POLONIUS: No, my lord, with choler. The queen your mother in great affliction hath sent me to you. She desires to speak with you, ere you go to bed. HAMLET: We shall obey, were she ten times our mother.

POLONIUS: I will say so. (Exit Polonius) HAMLET: Leave me, friend. (Exit Horatio).Now to my mother. (Touching his dagger) Let me be cruel, not unnatural; I will speak daggers to her, but use none. Exeunt SCENE IX A room in the castle. Enter KING CLAUDIUS, ROSENCRANTZ, and GUILDENSTERN KING CLAUDIUS I like him not, nor stands it safe with us To let his madness range. Therefore prepare you; I your commission will forthwith dispatch, And he to England shall along with you: Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage;

HAMLET Now might I do it pat, now he is praying; And now I'll do't. And so he goes to heaven;:. O, this is hire and salary, not revenge. Up, sword; and know thou a more horrid hent: When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, Or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed; At gaming, swearing, or about some act That has no relish of salvation in't; Exit KING CLAUDIUS [Rising] My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go. Exit SCENE X. The Queen's closet. Enter QUEEN GERTRUDE and POLONIUS LORD POLONIUS He will come straight. Look you lay home to him: Tell him his pranks have been too broad to bear with, HAMLET [Within] Mother, mother, mother! QUEEN GERTRUDE I'll warrant you, Fear me not: withdraw, I hear him coming. POLONIUS hides behind the arras Enter HAMLET HAMLET Now, mother, what's the matter? QUEEN GERTRUDE Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended. HAMLET Mother, you have my father much offended. QUEEN GERTRUDE Why, how now, Hamlet! HAMLET You are the queen, your husband's brother's wife; And--would it were not so!--you are my mother.

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN We will haste us. Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN. Enter POLONIUS LORD POLONIUS My lord, he's going to his mother's closet: Behind the arras I'll convey myself, To hear the process; and warrant she'll tax him home: KING CLAUDIUS Thanks, dear my lord. Exit POLONIUS O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, A brother's murder. My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent; And, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect. 'Forgive me my foul murder'? May one be pardon'd and retain the offence? In the corrupted currents of this world Help, angels! Make assay! All may be well. (Claudius will kneel and pray again and now Hamlet will enter quietly)

QUEEN GERTRUDE Nay, then, I'll set those to you that can speak. HAMLET Come, come, and sit you down; you shall not budge; QUEEN GERTRUDE What wilt thou do? thou wilt not murder me? Help, help, ho! LORD POLONIUS [Behind] What, ho! help, help, help! HAMLET [Drawing] How now! a rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead! Makes a pass through the arras LORD POLONIUS [Behind] O, I am slain! Falls and dies QUEEN GERTRUDE O me, what hast thou done? HAMLET Nay, I know not: Is it the king? QUEEN GERTRUDE O, what a rash and bloody deed is this! HAMLET A bloody deed! almost as bad, good mother, As kill a king, and marry with his brother. QUEEN GERTRUDE What have I done, that thou darest wag thy tongue In noise so rude against me? HAMLET Ay, lady, twas my word (Showing her the miniature portrait of his father) Look here on this picture: see what a grace was seated on his brow! Now look at follows: (Pulling at the portrait round her neck) Here is your husband, like a mildewd ear blasting his wholesome brother. Have you eyes? QUEEN GERTRUDE O, speak to me no more; These words, like daggers, enter in mine ears; No more, sweet Hamlet!

HAMLET A murderer and a villain; A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe Of your precedent lord; a vice of kings; Save me, and hover o'er me with your wings, You heavenly guards! What would your gracious figure? QUEEN GERTRUDE Alas, he's mad! HAMLET Do you not come your tardy son to chide, Ghost Do not forget: this visitation: Speak to her, Hamlet. HAMLET How is it with you, lady? QUEEN GERTRUDE Alas, how is't with you, That you do bend your eye on vacancy O gentle son, upon the heat and flame of thy distemper HAMLET (Points at the ghost) On him, on him! Look you, how pale he glares! His form and cause conjoin'd, preaching to stones, Would make them capable. Do not look upon me; QUEEN GERTRUDE To whom do you speak this? HAMLET Do you see nothing there? QUEEN GERTRUDE Nothing at all; yet all that is I see. HAMLET Nor did you nothing hear?

QUEEN GERTRUDE No, nothing but ourselves. HAMLET Why, look you there! look, how it steals away! My father, in his habit as he lived! Look, where he goes, even now, out at the portal! Exit Ghost

QUEEN GERTRUDE This the very coinage of your brain: This bodiless creation ecstasy Is very cunning in. HAMLET Not this, by no means, that I bid you do: Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed; Pinch wanton on your cheek; call you his mouse; QUEEN GERTRUDE Be thou assured, if words be made of breath, And breath of life, I have no life to breathe What thou hast said to me. HAMLET I must to England; you know that? QUEEN GERTRUDE Alack, I had forgot: 'tis so concluded on. HAMLET There's letters seal'd: and my two schoolfellows, Whom I will trust as I will. Mother, good night. Indeed this counselor is now most still, most secret and most grave, Who was in life a foolish prating knave. Come, sir, to draw toward an end with you. Good night, mother. Exeunt severally; HAMLET dragging in POLONIUS Exeunt SCENE XI (Enter king and Queen severally) QUEEN GERTRUDE Ah, my good lord, what I have seen tonight! Hamlet, in his lawless fit, behind the arras hearing something stir, whips out his dagger, and kills the unseen old man.

KING CLAUDIUS Now, Hamlet, wheres Polonius? HAMLET At supper: not where he eats, but where he is eaten a convocation of worms at at him. KING CLAUDIUS (Angry) Where is Polonius? HAMLET You shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby. KING CLAUDIUS Hamlet, for that which thou hast done, we must send thee to England. The bark is ready and the wind at help, and everything bent. HAMLET (Embracing Claudius) England! Farewell, dear mother. KING CLAUDIUS (Trying to push him away) Thy loving father, Hamlet. HAMLET Father and mother is man and wife; man and wife is one flesh; and so: my mother. Come, for England! (Exit) KING CLAUDIUS England, bend to the letters carried on the bark which conjure the present death of Hamlet. Do it, England, for till I know tis done, My soul were sick, my joys were neer begun. Exeunt SCENE XII (Enter Queen and Horatio) HORATIO She is distract; her mood must needs be pitied. She speaks much of her father with nods and winks, yet much happily. Twere good she were spoken with. QUEEN GERTRUDE Let her come in. (Horatio brings in Ophelia, distracted) How now, Ophelia! OPHELIA (Singing) How should I your true love know from another one? By his cockle hat and staff, and his sandal shoon.

KING CLAUDIUS It had been so with us, had we been there. His liberty is full of threats to all, we must ship him hence. Where is he gone? QUEEN GERTRUDE To draw apart the body he hath killd. KING CLAUDIUS I hear him: leave us, good Gertrude. (Exit Gertrude and Enter Hamlet)

QUEEN GERTRUDE Nay, but, Ophelia OPHELIA Pray you, mark: (Singing) White his shroud as the mountain snow. (Enter king) QUEEN GERTRUDE Alas, look here, my lord. OPHELIA (Singing) Larded with sweet flowers which bewept to the grave did go with true love showers. KING CLAUDIUS Conceit upon her father. How long hath she been thus? OPHELIA Lets have no more of this, but when they ask what it means, say: (Singing) To morrow is St. Valentines Day, all in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window to be your Valentine. I hope all will be well. My brother shall know of it. Come, my coach! Good night, sweet ladies; good night, good night! (Exit) KING CLAUDIUS Follow her; give her a good watch. (Exit)

LAERTES How came he dead? Ill be revenged for him! KING CLAUDIUS I am guiltless of your fathers death, and am most sensibly in grief for it. OPHELIA (Off, singing) They bore him bare faced on the bier. LAERTES What noise is that? (Enter Ophelia, crowned with flowers, carrying flowers and singing) OPHELIA Hey non nonny, nonny hey nonny and in his grave rained many a tear fair you well, my dove. LAERTES Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia! OPHELIA (Giving flowers) Theres rosemary, thats for remembrance; there is pansies, thats for thought. Theres fennel for you, and columbines. Theres rue for you, and heres some for me. I would give you some violets, but they witherd all when my father died. (Singing) And will a not come again? And will a not come again? No, no, he is dead; Go to thy death bed: He will never come again. (Spoken) God be wi you (Exit)

KING CLAUDIUS All this grief springs from her fathers death, then your son the violent author of his own remove. Last, her brother come from France. LAERTES (Off, loud) Where is the king? (Laertes runs in with his sword drawn) Oh thou vile king, give me my father! QUEEN GERTRUDE (Holding him back) Calmly, good Laertes. KING CLAUDIUS Let him go. Tell me why thou art so incensed. LAERTES (His sword at Claudius throat) Where is my father? KING CLAUDIUS Dead. QUEEN GERTRUDE But not by him!

LAERTES (Anguished, to Claudius) Do you see this? My fathers death, his obscure burial cry to be heard, as twere from heaven to earth! KING CLAUDIUS Lend me your patience to hear and judge me. And where the offence is, let the great axe fall. Come. (Enter Horatio with letters, reading one) HORATIO H: (Reading) Dear Horatio, Ere we were two days at sea, a pirate ship attacked us. In the grapple I boarded them and became their prisoner. They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy and I am to do a good turn of them. Let the king have the letters I have sent. Come to me with speed. Farewell Hamlet. (then hurries off)

Exeunt SCENE XIII (Enter Laertes and King Claudius, his hand on Laertes shoulder) KING CLAUDIUS Now you must put me in your heart for friend, since you have heard that he which hath your noble father slain pursued my life. LAERTES But my revenge must come. KING CLAUDIUS Break not your sleep for that; you shall shortly hear more. (Horatio hurries on) HORATIO I bring letters, my lord, from Hamlet: This to your majesty; this to the queen. KING CLAUDIUS From Hamlet! Who brought them? HORATIO Sailors, my lord. KING CLAUDIUS Laertes, you shall hear them leave us. (Exit Horatio) KING CLAUDIUS (Reading) I am set alone on your kingdom. Tomorrow shall I beg leave to see you, when I shall recount my strange return. Hamlet What should this mean? LAERTES Let him come. It warms the very sickness in my heart that I shall live and tell him to his teeth: Thus diddest thou. KING CLAUDIUS What would you do to avenge your father? L: Id cut his throat in the church. KING CLAUDIUS (Smiling) Revenge, indeed, should have no bounds. Two months since was a Frenchman here who gave you such a masterly report for art and exercise in your defense, that Hamlet wishd your sudden coming oer. To fence with him. LAERTES And what of this? KING CLAUDIUS Well match you both and wager on your heads. Hamlet will not peruse the foils, so you may choose a sword unbated and avenge your father. LAERTES And for that purpose Ill anoint my sword. I have an auction so mortal that nothing can save the thing from death that it but scratch. KING CLAUDIUS This project should have a back or second; (Thinking) Lets see: when both of you are hot and dry and he calls for drink, Ill have prepared him a poisoned chalice, if by chance he scape your venomd stuck. (Enter Queen) KING CLAUDIUS How now, sweet queen? QUEEN GERTRUDE (Crossing to Laertes) Your sisters drownd. LAERTES Drownd! O, where? QUEEN GERTRUDE There is a willow grows aslant the brook; where on the boughs her coronet climbing to hang, a silver broke and she fell in the stream. Her clothes spread wide and bore her up, which time she sang snatches of old tunes, until her garments, heavy with their drink, pulled her to muddy death. LAERTES Adieu, my lord. I have a speech of fire would blaze, but that this folly doubts it. (Exit) KING CLAUDIUS Lets follow. I had much to do to calm him, but now I fear his rage will start again. Exeunt SCENE XIV (A graveyard. A bell tolls. Enter Attendant carrying white flowers which he lays in the grave. Enter Hamlet and Horatio) HAMLET What man is this grave for? A: For no man, sir.

HAMLET For what woman, then? A: For none, sir. HAMLET Who is to be buried in it? A: For one that was a woman, sir, but rests her soul, shes dead. (Exit) HAMLET (Laughing) How absolute the knave is! But soft! Here comes the king. (Enter Priest and Attendants carrying the corpse of Ophelia, followed by King, Queen, carrying flowers and Laertes. Hamlet and Horatio leave) HAMLET Who do they follow, and with such maimed rites? The corpse must with desprate hand taen its own life. LAERTES What ceremony else? HAMLET This is Laertes, a very noble youth: mark. LAERTES What ceremony else? Must there no more be done? PRIEST Her death was doubtful, and she should in ground unsanctified have lodged but that great command oversways the order. (The priest signals to the Attendants, who lay the body in the grave) LAERTES Lay her in the earth. I tell thee, churlish priest, an angel shall my sister be when you lie howling! HAMLET What, the fair Ophelia! QUEEN GERTRUDE Sweet to the sweet: farewell! (Scattering flowers) I thought thy bride bed to have deckd, sweet maid, And not have strewd thy grave. LAERTES O, treble woe fall ten times treble on that cursed head whose wicked deed hast thou thy live deprived! (Leaping into the grave)

HAMLET (Coming forward) What is he whose grief bears such an emphasis? This is I, Hamlet the Dane! (Leaping into the grave) LAERTES The devil take thy soul! (Laertes goes for Hamlets throat; Hamlet grasps his fingers) HAMLET Hold off thy hand! KING CLAUDIUS Pluck them asunder! QUEEN GERTRUDE Hamlet! Hamlet! HORATIO Good my lord, be quiet! (The attendants separate them and they come out of the grave) HAMLET I love Ophelia! Forty thousand brothers could not make up my sum! Show me what thoult do! Woot weep? Woot fight? QUEEN GERTRUDE This is mere madness! HAMLET (Recovering) Hear you, sir; what is the reason that you use me thus? I love you ever, but tis no matter. (Suddenly exits) KING CLAUDIUS I pray you, good Horatio, wait upon him. (Exit Horatio, followed by all except King and Laertes) KING CLAUDIUS Strengthen your patience in our last nights speech. Well put the matter to the present push (Exit) Exeunt SCENE XV (Enter Hamlet and Horatio meeting Osric) OSRIC (Attendant) (Bowing) Your lordship is welcome back. Laertes is come to court, a gentleman of matchless mettle, and the king hath laid a wager on your head that, in a

dozen passes Laertes shall not exceed you by three hits. HAMLET Whats his weapon? OSRIC Sword and dagger. HAMLET Tell the king Ill win for him if I can. OSRIC I commend my duty to your lordship. (Bows and exits) HORATIO You will lose this wager, my lord. HAMLET Not so; I shall win at the odds. (Fanfare. Enter king, Queen, Laertes, Courtiers, Osric and Attendants with foils and a table with two flagons of wine. The King and Queen sit. Hamlet and Laertes come forward) HAMLET (Holding out a hand) Give me your pardon, sir: Ive done you wrong. What I have done, I here proclaim you madness. LAERTES I am satisfied in nature, and do receive your offerd love like love. (Shaking his hand) HAMLET I will this brothers wager frankly play. Give us the foils. (They each take a foil from Osric. Laertes weighs his carefully) LAERTES This is too heavy, let me see another. HAMLET (Carelessly) This suits me well. KING CLAUDIUS If Hamlet give the first or second hit, the king shall drink to Hamlets better breath. HAMLET Come on, sir. LAERTES Come, my lord. (Then, they play)

HAMLET One. LAERTES No. HAMLET Judgment. OSRIC A hit, a very palpable hit. (Applause) LAERTES Well, again. KING CLAUDIUS Stay, let us drink. Give him the cup. (Indicating the poisoned chalice) HAMLET Ill play this bout first; set it by awhile Come. (They play) Another hit; what say you? LAERTES A touch, I do confess. (Applause) KING CLAUDIUS Our son shall win. QUEEN GERTRUDE The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet. KING CLAUDIUS Gertrude, do not drink! QUEEN GERTRUDE I will, my lord. (Drinking from the chalice and offering it to Hamlet) KING CLAUDIUS (Aside) It is the poisond cup; it is too late. HAMLET By and by, madam. Come to the third, Laertes; pass with your best violence: you do but daily. LAERTES (Angered) Say you so? Come on! (They fight furiously, and then both rest, breathing heavily) OSRIC Nothing, neither way.

LAERTES Have at you now! (Laertes suddenly stabs Hamlets arm. Hamlet looks at his arm, then attacks Laertes, knocking his foil from his hand, stepping on it and giving him his foil. In the following exchange he wounds Laertes) KING CLAUDIUS Part them; they are incensd! HAMLET Nay, come again. (The Queen faints) OSRIC Look to the queen there, ho! HORATIO They bleed on both sides How is it, my lord? OSRIC How is it, Laertes? LAERTES I am justly killd with my own treachery. HAMLET How does the queen? QUEEN GERTRUDE The drink O, dear Hamlet, I am poisond! (Dies) HAMLET Villany! Treachery! Seek it out! (Laertes falls) LAERTES It is here, Hamlet. Hamlet, thou art slain thenvenomd instrument is in thy hand. Thy mothers poisond; the king, the kings to blame. HAMLET The point envenomed! Here, thou incestuous, murderous, damned Dane, follow my mother! (Cries of alarm from all as he stabs the king to death) LAERTES He is justly servd; exchange forgiveness, Hamlet. (Dies) (Hamlet staggers. Horatio crosses and holds him as hald falls)

HAMLET If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, Horatio, then draw thy breath in this harsh world to tell my story. The rest is silence. (He collapses and dies) HORATIO Now cracks a noble heart a good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

(Sad music. Lights fade to black out) (Curtain)

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